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Fuel for the Big Race

Although I eat rather healthy, I must admit that I don’t exactly know what I should be doing to fuel my body for such a big race. I know that plenty of protein is great post-workout and carb-loading is best the night before a big workout, but I don’t know a lot of the nitty gritty stuff.

I’ve been perusing multiple magazines and websites in order to change this predicament and have found a ton of great recipes to try! I was so excited to get started that I even offered to cook dinner for Dustin and I Friday night (This may not seem like a big deal, but I rarely put on the chef hat).

To start my cooking expedition, I made FITNESS magazine’s tarragon chicken with a few alterations. First, I cut the ingredients in half because the recipe is for four servings and Dustin and I only need two (Well, Dustin usually needs another but he opted for just one this time around). We both don’t like mustard either, so we opted out the Dijon mustard. Finally, we substituted thyme for tarragon because I already had some thyme in my cupboard and the recipe said it works just as well.

Dustin was nervous about cooking the chicken, but my good ole’ working days at Friendly’s (don’t judge) left me feeling confident as I tossed the two seasoned chicken breasts into canola oil.

Sizzlin' chicken.

After 35 minutes, I served up a yummy chicken entrée with cooked shallots on top, then piled on mixed veggies.

Peas, carrots and green beans, oh my!

So maybe this isn’t a meal I would think of specifically for working out, but it was pretty darn good!

This morning I headed to the gym for my second long run, ready to log six miles on the treadmill because the frigid temps and heavy snowfall aren’t convincing me to head outside just yet. I knew I was going to need something a little more than water, so I picked up one of these babies to test out.

Gel-packed Gatorade. I can't help but think of the movie, "Waterboy."

The berry-flavored gel drink tasted great and really helped me breeze through the first few miles of my run. This is the first of the G series I’ve tried from Gatorade, but I’m definitely going to try out more!

Afterward, I chowed down on a delicious grilled peanut butter and jelly sandwich — a gooey mess to treat my taste buds while giving my body some much-needed protein. I was craving more peanut butter though, so I chopped up celery sticks and topped them with the treat, just like mom used to do when I was a kid.

So much deliciousness on one plate.

Anyone have some good recipes to fuel a workout? Any fun Valentine’s Day dates?